Preventing Newborn Hypothermia in Afghanistan

 
$944
$39,056
Raised
Remaining
Feb 3, 2014

Embrace finishes strong in 2013 with major expansion throughout India!

Raebareli clinic receives Embrace starter pack
Raebareli clinic receives Embrace starter pack

Embrace Friends—

 

Thank you for helping us expand our reach and impact throughout India during 2013. We have seen incredible growth with our programs, both with expansion to new healthcare sites and increases in the total number of infants we are able to serve.

With your generous and continued support, Embrace partnered with 53 new healthcare facilities in India during 2013. We established programs at 11 sites in Karnataka, at 11 sites in Uttar Pradesh, and at 31 sites in Rajasthan. We hired 2 new Site Managers and 4 Site Educators to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate training and education at each of our program sites, and to serve as liaisons with the surrounding communities. We employ local teams with deep ties to the communities we serve, who speak the language, know the customs, and understand what it takes to implement each program successfully.

Thanks to this incredible programmatic growth, in 2013 Embrace reached over 9,393 low birth weight and premature infants in India. Our dedicated Site Managers and Site Educators provided intensive one-on-one education on hypothermia and newborn health to over 2,653 mothers, family members and health care workers.

We have set our sights even higher for 2014. Our goal is to more than double our current number of program sites in India and significantly increase the number of newborn infants helped.

With your continued support, we are confident in our ability to reach our ambitious goal in 2014.

 

Warm regards,

The Embrace Team

 

Mother with her baby in Raebareli
Mother with her baby in Raebareli
Infant in Embrace warmer in SM Halli clinic
Infant in Embrace warmer in SM Halli clinic
Mothers receive training at SM Halli clinic
Mothers receive training at SM Halli clinic

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Dec 3, 2013

Embrace expands to two new hospitals in Kabul

New mother with her baby in Embrace
New mother with her baby in Embrace

Dear Embrace supporters,

Firstly, despite the tremendous success we've had in Afghanistan so far, we are sad to announce that this will be our final report for our Embrace Global Giving project "Preventing Newborn Hypothermia in Afghanistan." If you wish to continue receiving updates about Embrace's progress, I encourage you to follow our other Global Giving project "Embrace Infant Warmers Impact Babies' Lives in India," read our blog or sign up for our newsletter. 

As winter is fast approaching in Afghanistan, temperatures are dropping and infants are at a greater risk for hypothermia. With our great success at Rabia Balkhi Hospital in Kabul over the past 7 months, we are thrilled to announce our expansion to two more hospitals in Kabul: Malalai Maternity Hospital and Indira Gandhi Children's Hospital. Both hospitals previously had no functioning incubators, so the introduction of the Embrace infant warmers have been a great help to these high birth facilities. 

In our first month at Malalai and Indira Gandhi Hospitals, the Embrace infant warmer helped nearly 200 low birth weight and premature infants. Our current total for all of Afghanistan includes over 3500 infants helped. We are so thrilled with the progress so far, and fully recognize that we could not achieve such great results without supporters like you.

Thank you and Happy Holidays!

Nurse with a baby in Embrace
Nurse with a baby in Embrace

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Sep 3, 2013

Embrace helps over 2000 infants in Afghanistan

Muzghan
Muzghan's family

Dear Friends,

We are excited to update you on the progress of our programs in Afghanistan. Since our program launch at the Rabia Balkhi Hospital this past Spring, we have impacted the lives of over 2,000 infants. Through our training and education programs, we have helped empower hundreds of families and healthcare practitioners with the tools and knowledge needed to effectively prevent and manage neonatal hypothermia.  

Our Programs Team, in conjunction with our field partner, HEDA, is currently preparing to launch at the second hospital in September, and will be conducting needs assessments, identifying and hiring a local Embrace representative to oversee the program, and leading a training to certify the hospital staff as Embrace-trained representatives. Embrace aims to have programs operating in four hospitals before the fierce Afghan winter sets in.

We’d like to introduce you to Muzghan, the proud mother of a brand new baby girl. Her daughter was born with low birth weight, and was immediately placed in an Embrace infant warmer so that her temperature could be regulated. Muzghan was trained by Meela, our Afghanistan Site Manager, on the dangers of neonatal hypothermia, and how to keep her daughter warm until she was big enough to regulate her own body temperature. Muzghan learned how to perform Kangaroo Care, and how to use the Embrace infant warmer. Muzghan really liked how both Kangaroo Care, and Embrace helped improve the infant's ability to nurse.

We can’t thank you enough for your continued support of our programs in Afghanistan. Help Embrace spread the warmth by sharing our work with your friends and family!

 

With gratitude,

Team Embrace


Muzghan
Muzghan's baby in Embrace

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Jun 5, 2013

Embrace Launches New Program at Rabia Balkhi Hospital in Afghanistan

Staff training at Rabia Balkhi Hospital
Staff training at Rabia Balkhi Hospital

Dear Friends,

We are thrilled to share the exciting news about the launch of the Embrace program at Rabia Balkhi Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. Your generosity and support helped make this possible, thank you!

Our program partners identified a Site Manager, Meela, who helped with implementation and will continue to oversee the success of the program. At Rabia Balkhi Hospital, the Embrace infant warmer is used in the NICU and for transport from the Labor & Delivery ward and the Operating Theatre. Meela has trained doctors, nurses and midwives at the hospital to recognize and treat infant hypothermia, which has resulted in hundreds of babies receiving vital care for hypothermia in the first few months of the program. 

Among those impacted were a set of premature and low birth weight triplets suffering from hypothermia. Their mother, Shamim, and her husband live in a village about an hour outside of Kabul with their eleven other children. The family anxiously awaited the arrival of the three newest members of the family, however when Shamim went into labor she became became very weak and anemic. Fortunately, Shamim able to deliver the babies via C-section at Rabia Balkhi Hospital. All three babies were born premature with low birth weight and were immediately placed in the new Embrace infant warmers. Shamim and her triplets stayed at the hospital for 5 days while the infants stabilized and started to gain weight. Shamim was very grateful that her infants had access to Embrace. She found the infant warmers especially helpful while breastfeeding and performing Kangaroo Care, since she could only manage one baby at a time.

Embrace’s Afghanistan program partners have been working directly with the Ministry of Health to identify three additional expansion sites before the start of the biting Afghan winter. We need your help more than ever. Help us spread the warmth!

Afghan Triplets with their mother
Afghan Triplets with their mother
Afghan Triplets
Afghan Triplets

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Mar 8, 2013

Update from Kabul: Preventing Newborn Hypothermia

Mother and her healthy baby
Mother and her healthy baby

We are delighted to post our first report on the project, Preventing Newborn Hypothermia In Afghanistan.  We are grateful to those that have kick-started this project’s fund - thank you! 

In mid-February, Embrace met with the Afghan team in San Francisco, who will be training doctors, midwives, nurses and mothers in Kabul on how to use the warmers.  After the training, the team travelled to Afghanistan where they are currently doing further assessment on a number of hospitals to identify the best site to launch the program.  Our partner (in Aghanistan) is currently meeting with hospital administrators, doctors, and other key-stakeholders to introduce the Embrace program.  Additionally, the warmers have arrived in Kabul for our launch. We are also in the process of hiring a local site manager who will help with program implementation and training.  The site manager and our team will:

  • Raise awareness about the devastating impact of hypothermia in premature and low birth-weight babies, among healthcare staff, mothers, families and community members.
  • Provide on-going training and support on use of the Embrace infant warmer and Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) as critical interventions for neonatal hypothermia.
  • Collect monitoring and evaluation data to better understand the program’s impact on maternal and child health outcomes.
  • Provide complementary health education focused on addressing the root causes of low birth-weight, neonatal hypothermia and other maternal and child health issues, as relevant to the community.

We are so excited and hope you continue to be a part of our mission of giving all infants an equal chance for a healthy life.

Thank you for helping us spread the warmth!

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Organization

Embrace

San Francisco, CA, United States
http://www.embraceglobal.org

Project Leader

Molly Ronan

Development Associate
San Francisco, CA United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Preventing Newborn Hypothermia in Afghanistan